Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, June 7 2012 at 4:52 PM, Updated: Thu, June 7 2012 at 5:08 PM
A bridge is now in place that will provide an important link to a trail system in Klamath Falls.
The bridge was trucked into an area just east of Veteran's Memorial Park.
Ken Hay of the Klamath Falls Parks Department says he's excited about the installation...
"This bridge is really the first significant start of the Lake Ewauna trail."
As a light rain fell, the bridge was gingerly lifted by crane over a swale leading to the north edge of Lake Ewauna. When completed, Hay notes that the trail will provide an important non-motorized link to the downtown area...
"This trail is part of a future trail system, connecting the OC&E trails, the Link River trails, the Moore Park trails - more than 150, 160 miles of trails."
The trail is being built through the site of the former Modoc Lumber Company.
"The trail should be open to the public, hopefully, within about two years." Noted Hay.
That timing will hinge on the development of adjacent properties.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.